Posts Tagged ‘gospels’

Junior Youth: Changed by the Light

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Changed by the Light' is the fifth session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’ looking at our identity in Christ. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his... See more

Junior Youth: Light vs Dark

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Light vs Dark' is the fourth session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through the... See more

Junior Youth: Choose The Light

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Choose the Light' is the third session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through the... See more

Junior Youth: Light of the World

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Light of the World' is the second session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through... See more

Talks: Love Your Neighbour

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

A message on Jesus' command to “love your neighbour as you love yourself", based around a reflection on the video, "The DNA Journey".
Depending on how easy it might be to engage your group, either start with the pop quiz introduction (below), or just settle them and say, "Watch this,"... See more

Junior Youth: Light & Dark in the World

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1v5
This is the first in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Pass the Parcel

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

This twist on Pass the Parcel is a fun way to tell the Christmas story and reflect on God’s gift of love in Jesus. Our young people really enjoyed this. Our churched young people appreciated hearing a familiar story in a fresh way, and our ‘community’ kids had a fun introduction to a side of... See more

Senior Youth: Bread of Life

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Bread of Life' is a Bible study on John 6:25-40, based on the key idea that Jesus is essential for life.
Key scripture: "Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." John... See more

Young Adults: Hospitality

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Hospitality – How we welcome guests and new people says a lot about who we are. How could we recover the art of great hospitality in our groups and create regular times to eat and hang out together over food?
A study on Genesis 18:1-8 and Matthew 25:34-40 for young adults from the Society... See more

Young Adults: Keeping It Local

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Keeping It Local - What does Christ’s incarnation teach us about engaging in our local neighbourhoods, committing deeply to the people around us, and transforming our communities? What would happen if we committed to our churches, each other and to our neighbours for the long haul?
A study on... See more

Young Adults: Temptation

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Sometimes it can feel like the world is full of temptations pulling us away from God - and it seems almost impossible to resist. How do followers of Jesus deal with a world that seems to encouraging us to act on our immediate desires?
A study on Luke 4:1-3 for young adults from the Society of... See more

Young Adults: Amigos

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Friendship is one of the most important relationships we’ll have as adults, but it’s something most people hardly give any thought. How do we cultivate deep friendships that stay true to what God had in mind for them?
A study on John 15:9-17 & Romans 6:8 for young adults from the... See more

Junior Youth: What’s that got to do with Easter?

Contributed by: Susan Baldwin

Learn more about the story of Easter through the objects named in the Bible.
Split the group into teams of 5-8 (for fun ways to do this see our Team Forming Games).
Step 1: Make the Connection
Place the selected objects (e.g bread, nails, towel, sword - see list below) in... See more

Senior Youth: Jesus Stopped: A Bible Study on Mark 10:46-52

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Big Idea
Jesus is the compassionate king, distracted even from his biggest mission by one man in need.
Launching Questions
1. What stops you in your tracks? For example if you’re on your way to something, or have something important to do, what distracts you from... See more

Young Adults: What the Hell?

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Hell is a topic not many of us know much about, but one that also puts plenty of people off following Jesus altogether. What do Christians believe about hell and how should it impact the way we live our lives?
A study on Matthew 25:31-46  for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light,... See more

Hooks: The Fox and the Narrow Road

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Start with a game of hangman, awarding a lolly to everyone who guesses a correct letter. The clue was "Two Phrases", the answers were: "BE  SHARP" and "LOOK CLOSER"
Jesus said, “The road to life is narrow and not many people find it, but the road to destruction is wide and many people travel... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Quiz

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Here are two multiple choice quizzes: one is based on the Gospel account of Christmas, the other is based on all the wordly add-ons. See which one people do better in!
All the questions and answers for both quizzes are below, or you can download and print the Question and Answer Sheets... See more

Talks: Million Dollar Pen

During the heat of the space race in the 1960s, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided it needed a ball point pen to write in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules. After considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of about US... See more

Hooks: What I’ve Done – Linkin Park

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Hand out copies of the lyrics for Linkin Park's song, "What I've Done" and play the video clip.
What I’ve Done
In this farewell
There’s no blood
There’s no alibi
‘Cause I’ve drawn regret
From the truth
Of a thousand lies
So let mercy come
And wash... See more

Hooks: Prof Ann Eyeland

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

These are fun activities that help young people explore topics around loneliness and our need for relationships.  The name 'Ann Eyeland' plays on and discredits the idea "I am an island"
Meet Professor Ann Eyeland
'The word is out. Professor Ann Eyeland, the recluse from the South Pole... See more

Talks: The Parable of the Good Roller Blader

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

At social events we can point to God in a low key way. Here’s an example of taking a parable of Jesus and resetting it in your social event, in this case - roller blading.
A popular man came up to Jesus and asked, “What must I do to have eternal life?”
Jesus answered, “What does... See more

Junior Youth: The Secret to Being Perfect

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Opener: My Perfect Person
Invite everyone to draw a stylised picture of their perfect human being (e.g. with big ears because they’re a great listener)
OR
Write a personal column advert for the “perfect human being” (50 words or less)
Be Perfect
In Matthew 5:48 Jesus... See more